As a police officer and military veteran, I have carried a firearm professionally for all of my adult life. I have also carried a concealed weapon, both as an on duty back-up and while off duty, almost as long. During all that time there is one problem I have struggled with year in and year out, regardless of what firearm I have used – choosing a holster.
I have lost track of the various holsters I have tried, and usually discarded, over the years. A couple of years ago I started carrying a Glock 27, and I usually carry it in an ankle rig. This allows me to carry in the same place and with the same rig regardless of whether I am on duty, carrying as a backup, or off duty for personal protection. For the majority of the year this is a viable, and often above average, option. However, I am still faced with the question of what to do during the summer months when I may be wearing shorts and t-shirts.
The obvious choice would be an Inside the Waist Band, or IWB, which would allow for a low profile and easily covered option. Problem is I found it nearly impossible to find an IWB model that worked for me. One nylon model was so flimsy I was sure it would collapse on itself so tight that if I ever drew my weapon I would need to take my pants off to re-holster. A kydex design was strong enough and showed no sign of collapsing, but felt like I had a brick strapped to my belt. Time and again I would find a new design, read the reviews and even talk to other officers who owned it, only to wear it a few times before putting it in the drawer with all the other misfit holsters.
This spring I saw a Galco King Tuk a co-worker had ordered and decided to give it one more try. I have to admit I did not have very high hopes. I had read the reviews and they were overwhelmingly positive, but I had heard that more than once before. I imagined leather rubbing my skin raw and kydex pinching like a pair of pliers. I envisioned the metal belt clips giving way and allowing the entire rig to rise free and fall onto the floor as I strolled on the boardwalk with the family.
By the time it finally arrived I had already mentally made space for it in “the drawer.” But, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised from the very first time I wore it. The high quality leather backing provided a solid platform for the kydex pocket, yet allowed for a smooth and comfortable surface against even bare skin. The kydex pocket itself is solid and provides for smooth draws and hassle free re-holstering. Finally, the steel clips allow for a stable, low profile attachment to belts up to 1 3/4”. The additional design feature that allows you to wear your shirt in a natural looking, tucked-in manner is a bonus that is often unthought-of until you find yourself in a more formal setting, or simply do not feel like resembling a beach bum.
Although the King Tuk is slightly more expensive than many concealed carry holsters, it is a Galco – a company known for producing quality holsters designed for years of service. Plus, should you find that the holster is not 100% to your liking, even if you decide it simply does not work for you, Galco offers a hassle free return/exchange policy.